Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
73.1%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 2,735 ratings
Imperial Pumpkin AleImperial Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
We set out to make a bold monument for The King of the Pumpkins!
This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is the mother of all pumpkin ales. It is heartier, spicier and more “caramelly” and “pumpkiny” than its faint brethren! We have added lots of pumpkin along with cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove, giving this beer a spicy, full-bodied flavor.

This truly is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream.

Added by cbl2 on 09-17-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,973
Reviews:
1,025
Ratings:
2,735
Liked:
2,000
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
13.37%
Alströms:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
163
Gots:
488
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a cloudy orange brown, red tint when held to light, with an eggshell head that dissipates slowly to a film.

Smells of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, brown sugar, sweet pumpkin, and gingerbread.

Tastes of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, buttered bread, and slight bitter pumpkin rind.

Medium to full body with prickly carbonation in the bath of the mouth.

I've had a couple pumpkin ales better than this, but I've had more that aren't nearly as good. It contains its strength well and I would definitely have this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 1-finger bubbly cream-colored head that dissipates rapidly. A ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass stays at the surface throughout, but there’s no lacing. Clear with a good amount of carbonation.

S – Bready and caramel malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, and a little bit of nutmeg and cloves. There’s some alcohol apparent here as well.

T – Starts off sweet with the bready and caramel malt and the pumpkin. Spice starts to pick up soon after with more of the spices listed on the bottle becoming evident – cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. There’s a nice grainy and spicy graham cracker taste that shines through at the finish, as well.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a spicy and dry finish. Pumpkin pie spice, particularly cinnamon, lingers for a nice amount of time and pairs well with the very, very subtle throat-warming sensation from the alcohol – much less of a sensation than expected with an 8% ABV beer.

O – This is a really nice pumpkin beer. It’s full of all the usual pumpkin and spice aromas and flavors plus a nice amount of malt. It’s also extraordinarily drinkable for 8% ABV – there was barely any throat-warming. There’s nothing earth-shattering here; it’s just a solid fall beer. Nicely done, Weyerbacher.

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3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my crystal mug the beer has a clear amber red color and builds a oe finger high bubbly white head which dissipates fast, leaving some lacing.
The smell is the expected coriander, nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon and cloves.
Tasting the beer, the pumpkin flavors are up front, supported by the mix of the above spices. The malty backbone is noticeable throughout the testing. The finish is a smooth tingle on the tongue.
Very nice pumpkin ale, true to the taste.

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4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle fittingly poured into a Weyerbacher cuvée. Bottled on 6/13/12; best before 2/13/13.

A - Pours a dark ruby brown with a half finger cream colored head. Transparency is clouded by the dark body. Residual lacing is tiered with above average fullness.

S - Smells of the usual suspects: pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Additionally, roasted malt gives this aroma a hearty backbone that cuts down on the sweetness. Smells more like fresh baked pumpkin bread than the artificial smelling dime-a-dozen pumpkin beers out there.

T - The first thing I notice is that the spices are not overdone. Good fleshy pumpkin flavor initially, transitions to bready and roasty malts. Finish is pretty clean with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon left on the tongue. I get some banana on the aftertaste, akin to a Belgian Dubbel.

M - A little bit thin for a big pumpkin beer, but that somewhat suits the malty but not sweet flavors. Carbonation is pretty good, although I would probably like either a bit more body or a bit more bubbly.

O - This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. It is ridiculous how many pumpkin beers pop up on the shelves this time of year and I think this is one of the few that is worthwhile. The pumpkin flavor works well without tasting artificial and the spices are mellow. I would like a bit more body, but overall not too much wrong with this one. I recommend it in lieu of many others in the style.

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 73.1% out of 100 with 2,735 ratings
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